Karnataka persecution – Devangere, Shimoga & Hassan Hindutva mobs

July 20, 2013 by  
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Karnataka PersecutionKarnataka, July 17, 2013 The All India Christian Council (aicc) reports that a GSCC Pastor, Suresh was attacked in Devangere district. The group beat him and dragged him along with his brother in-law. This incident follows earlier one in Shimoga district, where – on 15 July at the Sunday service, Pastor Venkatesh Naik,was having fellowship with his believers in his house, when reportedly fundamentalists from the RSS and Bajrang Dal came to his house. They opposed the fellowship being held there and Ps. Suresh was forced to call Ps. Prakash as the Hindutva extremists were to beat him up. When Ps. Prakash reached the house the arguments turned into volience and the mob mercilessly beat both the pastors and others.

The police were called and until late night the pastors were kept under illegal confinement by the police until late night. They were released when the pastors insisted on filing a complaint and produced a medical certificate. Near-by Ps. Davenesan Samuel and Mr. Marriappa was of a great help, as they assisted by getting the support of the local MLA and helped diffuse the situation.

– aicc

Christian Woman Threatened in Karnataka

Christian WomanOn 4 July, Hindu extremists did not allowed a Christian women to fetch drinking water from the public well, called her “prostitute” and threatened to rape her after a church was burned up in Narasipura, Halebeedu Taluk in Hassan district.

Hindutva extremists threatened to sexually assault a Christian lady identified only as Jeyanti and hurled foul abused at her. The next day Jeyanti went to the police station to file a police compliant. However, Police Sub-Inspector Ravi Kumar told her to remove certain statements in the complaint.

Her complaint was rejected after she refused to change the statement. Local Christian leaders submitted a complaint at the State Women Commission and approached senior police officials to get relief for her.

-efi

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